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TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Heights Elementary School, 933 Rose St., will host a craft show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, to benefit the TCTA (bus driver) Scholarship Fund, which gives one scholarship to each TCAPS high school. Lunch also will be available.
TRAVERSE CITY — The "Good on Paper" improv comedy troupe will again take the stage in the Mary Schmuckal Downstairs Theatre at the Old Town Playhouse for improvised comedy.
The troupe performs at 11 p.m. every other Saturday from October through May at the OTP, 148 E. Eighth St. The next performance is Saturday, Oct. 12. General admission tickets are $5 at the door before the show, or by calling 947-2210. The doors open at 10:30 p.m.
CADILLAC — Free dance instruction and music by the Fonda Starr Band highlight an old-time country dance on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The dance will be hosted from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 9116 E. 13th St., next to Kiley Chiropractic. Donations will be accepted and listeners are welcome. Call 920-8389 to learn more.
Jazz house concert
ACME — The Northwest MI Jazz Experience will present its second open house concert of the season on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The concert from 3-5:30 p.m. will take place at the home of NMJE member Kristin and Jim Steckley, 7201 Deepwater Point Road. Admission is $5 for members; $15 for non-members. Memberships will be available at the door. For details, call 938-1755 or visit facebook.com/northwestmichiganjazzexperience.
TRAVERSE CITY — High school marching bands will take the field on Monday, Oct. 14, for the Thirlby Marching Expo hosted by the Central High School Band.
The music event will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Thirlby Field, 400 W. 13th St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for families at the gate. For details, call 933-7570.
Torch area potluck
EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold a potluck dinner on Monday, Oct. 14.
The get-together will be held at the Torch Lake Township Community Services building on U.S. 31. A 6 p.m. social hour will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.
Zeta Tau celebrates
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will celebrate Founder's Day with a ceremony and dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Ruby Tuesdays, 1764 U.S. 31 North. For details or reservations, call Susan Schmidt, 946-2863.
TRAVERSE CITY — Hans Van Sumeren, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Humanists.
Van Sumeren will talk about Great Lakes water levels at the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 392-1215.
Leelanau Players auditions
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Players will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, for Alan Tricker's "Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol."
Auditions start at 7 p.m. both nights at the Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire Department meeting room. Three actors are sought to portray several different characters for the dramatic reading to be staged Dec. 19 and 20 at the Old Art Building, Leland. All ages are welcome.
For details, call Al Lien, 620-7287.
Clean Water meeting
SUTTONS BAY — Leelanau Clean Water will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. The public is invited. For details, call 256-9812.
TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to join the Michigan State University Grand Traverse Area Alumni Club for its annual reception and open house on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Dr. Todd Fenton, associate professor of anthropology specializing in forensic anthropology, will be the guest speaker. There also will be appetizers and a cash bar. For details, contact Tom Emling, 218-9947 or email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Nine candidates for Traverse City mayor and city commission will participate in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. An informal meet and greet will follow.
'Mixology' at InsideOut
TRAVERSE CITY — Outre Lounge at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., will celebrate the cultural and artistic possibilities in craft cocktails, beer and spirits.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, for "Mixology 202." The mixologists at InsideOut will prepare beer cocktails using Short's Brewing Co. beer and Journeyman Distillery spirits. There also will be a panel discussion at 8 p.m. followed by a question and answer session, and music by The Weather.
Charlotte Robling dinner
THOMPSONVILLE — The Benzie County Democratic Party will honor three county residents at its Charlotte Robling Honoree Dinner.
The event will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Crystal Mountain Resort. Honorees include activist and organizer Mary Robling, retired Benzie County Probate Judge Nancy Kida, and retired minister and community activist Bob McQuilkin.
Tickets are $50 each and additional donations will be accepted to help defray dinner costs for those who might otherwise be unable to attend. For details or reservations, contact Carroll Volpe, 709-6053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.